A key State Department official who had been under attack from conservative news outlets about her loyalty to President Donald Trump has been reassigned, according to news reports Friday.
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh was removed earlier this month from her assignment to the agency's policy planning team after critical stories in The Conservative Review and Breitbart News, according to Politico.
She had a yearlong assignment to the planning team.
The State Department told Politico in a statement that Nowrouzzadeh has returned to the Office of Iranian Affairs, disclosing no further information.
"It puts people on edge," one agency official told Politico of the change.
Nowrouzzadeh did not want to be reassigned, a State Department official said, and others attributed the move to the media attacks.
A U.S.-born American citizen of Iranian descent, Nowrouzzadeh is a civil service employee who first joined the federal government in 2005 under President George W. Bush.
She also has worked as a foreign affairs analyst for the Defense Department.
Nowrouzzadeh was assigned to the planning team last July during the Obama administration — and her job entailed addressing the continuing issues related to Iran and Gulf Arab countries.
She also helped the Obama White House negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which President Donald Trump withdrew shortly after taking office in January.
According to Politico, conservative news reports questioned Nowrouzzadeh's loyalty to Trump and mentioned her past involvement in the National Iranian American Council, an advocacy group that been attacked by the right.
She declined to comment for the report.
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